Walk this way to sam­ple town’s cre­ative tal­ents

Macclesfield Express - - BARNABY BITES COLUMN -

A RE­MARK­ABLE 40 town cen­tre re­tail­ers have reg­is­tered for the Shop Win­dow Com­pe­ti­tion.

Judges Jane Munro of Trea­cle Mar­ket and glass artist and Barn­aby volunteer Vic­to­ria Sc­holes have the dif­fi­cult task of choos­ing a win­ner in two cat­e­gories on Wed­nes­day, June 15.

The Peo­ple’s Prize will go to the win­dow cho­sen by the public, so please fol­low the Win­dows Walk by down­load­ing a map from barn­abyfes­ti­val.org. uk and vote on­line for your favourite by Sun­day, June 26, the last day of the fes­ti­val.

The Win­dow Walk is just one of a se­lec­tion of town walks at Barn­aby, in­clud­ing the Fes­ti­val Walk­ing Trail.

This new idea re­places the Art Trail and brings to­gether ‘Space’ themed ex­hi­bi­tions by lo­cal artists and other home­grown events which go on through­out the fes­ti­val.

Look out for Hills Up Streets (in­spir­ing words mark­ing me­morable views), the Crim­p­lene Her­itage Mu­seum (fas­ci­nat­ing lit­tle known facts in a con­verted horse­box), the Mac­cles­field (an as­tro-turfed ‘vil­lage green’ or com­mu­nity stage), Back Wall­gate Books (a tiny outdoor li­brary) and a pop-up artists stu­dio in The Grosvenor Shop­ping Cen­tre.

The eight vis­ual art ex­hi­bi­tions re­flect the ex­cit­ing range of work by Mac­cles­field artists go­ing on all year round. He­len Wright cre­ates ce­ramic mo­biles for St Michael’s church­yard, David Tol­l­i­day shows photographs of outer space at Brew­tique and the artists at Twen­ty­sev­enb Stu­dio on Charlotte Street ex­plore ‘Lost Spa­ces’. So what bet­ter way to ex­plore the town and sam­ple its cre­ative tal­ents over Barn­aby than fol­low­ing one of Barn­aby’s spe­cial walks.

Mac­cles­field Mu­sic Cen­tre is back at this year’s Barn­aby with another great op­por­tu­nity for chil­dren to see, hear and try a whole range of in­stru­ments in The Plan­ets: A Guide to the Orches­tra.

On Satur­day morn­ing, per­cus­sion­ist Mark Con­cur who has played Holst’s dra­matic piece with the BBC Phil­har­monic Orches­tra brings seven huge ket­tle­drums (or tim­pa­nis) to raise the roof at Mac­cles­field li­brary.

He’s just one of the pro­fes­sional mu­si­cians who’ll be all over the build­ing, cre­at­ing a ca­co­phany and some mag­i­cal mo­ments at this free event from 10am to 12.45pm on June 18.

With more than 100 events over ten days at Barn­aby, it’s easy to miss some great events.

Film buffs, don’t miss the op­por­tu­nity to see some ex­cel­lent and un­usual footage over the fes­ti­val.

In its free up­stairs cinema The Park Tav­ern shows a se­ries of films in con­fined spa­ces in­clud­ing the ex­tra­or­di­nary Wolf­pack about six brothers never al­lowed to leave their New York ap­part­ment. Silkscreen Film So­ci­ety presents Nostal­gia for the Light on Fri­day, June 24, a haunt­ingly beau­ti­ful doc­u­men­tary about the moun­tain-top astronomers of the Ata­cama desert, the dryest place on earth. There are some fam­ily friendly clas­sic ‘Space’ themed films in a mar­quee at La Lune’s Ob­ser­va­tory on June 18 and 19.

With such a rich mix on of­fer, we re­ally hope there’s some­thing to tempt, in­trigue or ex­cite ev­ery­one. En­joy Mac­cles­field’s own Barn­aby Fes­ti­val 2016!

●● One of the pic­tures in the Crim­p­lene Her­itage Mu­seum

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